Admittedly, this sounds like faint praise, but I always thought Steve Shaw deserved his reputation as one of the SEC’s best officials. But I’ve just got to chuckle at the idea that outfitting SEC refs with a wireless communication system is going to make a whit of difference out there.
… The NCAA football rules committee allowed the SEC and Big Ten this spring to test the system, which international soccer referees have used for several years. Wearing a small earpiece and microphone, the seven football officials didn’t have to huddle to discuss penalties and could engage in pre-snap conversations to catch possible infractions.
Great. Penn Wagers and company will be able to discuss whom they want to slap with a penalty even before the play commences. We are witnessing the birth of true cutting edge officiating.
And I’m sure this stuff works brilliantly. After all, it’s been tested on the stage of the world’s biggest sporting event.
Vokkero, a European company, initially developed the system called VOK-REF in 2005 based on specifications from the French Professional Football League and French soccer referee committee. The device was used in the 2006 and 2010 World Cup.
Yeah, the 2010 World Cup, a classic example of better officiating through science.
I can’t wait.